Vaginal mesh implants were first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996 as a means of treating pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition that causes a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles in certain women. Since these devices hit the market, the FDA has received thousands of complaints from women who claim they were injured by a vaginal mesh implant. If you or someone you love is contemplating receiving one of these devices, it’s important to understand the potential risks involved.
How Does Vaginal Mesh Work?
In order to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, a vaginal mesh implant is sewn into the surrounding tissue. The devices are meant to relieve incontinence and other symptoms of POP in women who’ve experienced childbirth, weight gain, hysterectomy or other significant changes that may affect muscle strength. Over time, the mesh can eventually grow into the tissue, which is thought to be one of the primary causes of negative side effects associated with the implants.
What Are the Potential Dangers of Receiving a Vaginal Mesh Implant?
Vaginal mesh devices have been alleged to cause a number of serious side effects including perforation of the internal organs, tissue damage, abdominal pain, infection, significant swelling, painful intercourse, difficult with urination or bowel movements and blood vessel damage. To date, approximately 10 deaths have been tentatively linked to a defective vaginal mesh implant.
Is It True That Some Women Have Filed Lawsuits Against Companies that Make These Devices?
A number of vaginal mesh manufacturers are currently facing civil lawsuits from women who claim they sustained serious injuries after receiving a mesh implant. Among the companies involved in mesh litigation are Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson. Bard is facing multiple lawsuits stemming from complications allegedly caused by its Avaulta mesh system while Johnson & Johnson is being sued over its Ethicon Gynecare system. The first bellweather trials in the Johnson & Johnson litigation are scheduled to begin in a New Jersey court in November 2012.
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Injured by a Vaginal Mesh Device?
If you’ve experienced serious side effects after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Each state places different time limits on how long you have to file your claim so it’s important to act as quickly as possible.
Nadrich & Cohen LLP is a prominent national law firm specializing in representing victims in all 50 states who’ve been injured by defective vaginal mesh implants. If you or someone you love has suffered serious complications after receiving one of these devices, call our Injury Hotline at 1-800-722-0765 to schedule a free initial case evaluation. All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we recover a money judgment on your behalf. For the latest news, updates and information on the vaginal mesh litigation, visit our online Mesh Resource Center.